About Mixing Love and Currency
Noticing the purpose of a list — who it serves — establishes who values it and for how much. Lists of blogs can be useful or empty. When we build one, it helps to be sure we we know our intent. Andy Sernovitz passes on a great message in his book World of Mouth Marketing, and he also said it at SOBCon07.
The Key to Link Lists
Think about link lists. The key to offering a link list that adds value, not just noise is in its intent and usefulness to readers.
An outstanding link list offers readers
- links the blogger has researched and visited
- clear anchor text in the links
- a description of each link
- a reason for recommending the links, as appropriate
- a compelling reasons for readers to care
Link lists that serve readers attract relationships as well as backlinks.
A Word about Link Trains Link trains and other meme lists can offer a quick jump in statistics. However, they do this by making forced links — links that didn’t happen through the natural passing on of content. Though the intent may be generous, such meme-lists often get extended without review. They can become a list of blogs compiled to gain rank and without regard to the quality of the list.
Some lists are meant to gain backlinks, page rank or authority may garnering more traffic. Yet the traffic that comes finds a content empty list. So the traffic doesn’t stay. A blogger can start building more lists to continue getting traffic. It’s about traffic not readers. Content has gone away.
15 Focused Resource Link Lists
Resource lists are organized to offer relevant and focused resources to readers. These lists require work beyond coding to exist. Most of these lists are generated by research, formed from the opinion of bloggers, result from a test or algorithm, or are the product of a group project.
Here are 15 examples organized by type.
- The Metaphor Project
Fifty ways to explain blogging to someone who doesn’t know.
- Top 5 Group Writing Project at problogger.
Over 800 lists of the five best of something.
- The Ultimate Guide to Productivity Group Writing Project
Submissions from over 129 blogs on ways to be more productive.
- Group Writing Project Results: 37 Souces of Inspiration
- Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn from Linked Intelligence
37 posts on Ways to Use this tool — the list is organizaed into categories.
Awards and Subject Lists
- Blogger’s Choice Awards
This list nominated by fans and voted on by more fans has over 20 categoies of blog, each with countless entries.
- Aaron Wall’s List of SEO Blogs and Search Engine Blogs
The extensive list compiled by the guy who wrote THE book on SEL
- Answers.com List of Blogs for Educators and Blogs with Tools for Teaching
This list is well organized and ready for a teacher to start using.
- Ross Mayfield’s List of Venture Capital Blogs
(He has selected specific posts that tell a story together.)
- Recruiters Network Employment and Career Blog Directory
Part of a portal, this list is still handy for those looking for more job sources.
Top 5, 10, 25, etc. Lists
- 100 Blogs We Love by PCWorld
Here are our favorite stops in the blogosphere, covering everything from high tech to low comedy and all manner of pursuits in between.
- Webware 100 – Top 100 Web Applications
These are the best Web applications there are. We know because you told us.
- Top 10 Most Practical Blogs for Entrepreneurs
Scott Allen’s service is “To help you filter that infoglut down to a more manageable level, here is my list of the ten most practical blogs for entrepreneurs.”
- Top 10 CEO Blogs
Mario Sundar describes his list, “if you want to get a feel for some big-time thinkers espouse their companyâ€™s strategy a bit, then maybe the following ten may be worth a ride. Here goes, my Top 10 CEO blogs . . .”
- The Top 10 Sports Blogs According to Me
With all due respect to Ballhype and with full awareness that I’m going with my gut over, you know, actual data, I think my top-10 list holds up, even if it is just a subjective-yet-educated list based on perceived traffic, quality and notoriety.
A list of resource links with ancedotal information makes it easier for readers to find the useful bit and move on. Offering resources that make life easier is a service worth offering. Finding ways to organize the list to help readers save time is a sign of respect and service they’ll notice.
Have you seen a remarkable link post? What sort of link posts do you appreciate? Which ones get you to click away as soon as you see them?
— ME “Liz” Strauss
Can you list the reasons to Work with Liz? Too many. It’s such a good idea.